George Méliès

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Misfortune Never Comes Alone

Film Review by Dean Duncan Jun 19, 2015

This is basically the another version of the Lumiéres’ sprinkler sprinkled. Another much more elaborate version, nicely compounded to almost James Agee-an proportions. (See opening section of his 1949 essary, “Comedy’s Greatest Era,”.) There is a bit too much knee-slapping going on, mind you, just as Bertrand Tavernier observes in the wonderful The Lumiére Brothers’ First Films compilation. On the other side of the ledger, watch him use that frame, entirely. Polycentral, but always controlled, and purposeful.